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  • The Tin Drum

    Marking the 50th anniversary of ‘The Tin Drum,’ a new English translation gives Günter Grass’s classic a fresh musicality.

  • Becoming Americans

    Selections from 85 immigrants tell what it means to become an American.

  • Bright-Sided

    Is feel-good actually bad?

  • Classic review: Jazz

    Toni Morrison's poignant tale of tragedy in 1920s Harlem.

  • Chronic City

    Novelist Jonathan Lethem’s ambition and talent outstrip his focus in this provocative tale of urban life.

  • Generosity: An Enhancement

    A new novel from Richard Powers poses a disquieting question: Is it abnormal to be happy?

  • Manhood for Amateurs

    Novelist Michael Chabon surveys the emotional terrain of life as a husband, father, and son.

  • Egg on Mao

    The true story of a Chinese bus mechanic who risked his all in a symbolic challenge to China’s dictatorship.

  • The Pattern in the Carpet

    Margaret Drabble’s memoir takes a powerful, disquieting look at the ways we attempt to stave off depression.

  • The Secret Wife of Louis XIV

    The real-life fairy tale of Françoise d’Aubigné, little-known second wife of France's Sun King.

  • Classic review: The Poisonwood Bible

    A Baptist minister brings his version of salvation – and his family – to the simmering Congo of the 1960s.

  • Wolf Hall

    “Wolf Hall,” winner of this year’s Booker Prize, offers a sympathetic portrayal of Thomas Cromwell, the power behind Henry VIII's throne.

  • Spooner

    In a nearly autobiographical novel, award-winning author Pete Dexter draws a loving portrait of a stepdad.

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    The inspiring autobiography of the Malawian boy who taught himself physics in order to bring a windmill to his village.

  • Hope for Animals and Their World

    Hope for Animals and Their World

    Famed naturalist Jane Goodall cries out on behalf of Earth’s animals.

  • Half Broke Horses

    The author of ‘The Glass Castle’ spins a “true life novel’ around the life of her irrepressible grandmother.

  • The Case for God

    Religion writer Karen Armstrong asks: Is it harder to find God today?

  • Classic review: Lamentations of the Father

    Ian Frazier – winner of the 2009 Thurber Prize for American Humor – turns his dry wit on everything from parenthood to global warming.

  • The Financial Lives of the Poets

    A smart, witty novel about a nice, middle-class dad tempted to try crime to keep his family afloat.

  • The Children's Book

    In her best novel since “Possession,” A.S. Byatt spins a tale from details of the life of children’s book author Edith Nesbit.

 
 
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